Timeliness is paramount when restoring partial airfield capability after an airfield has been damaged. The project’s focus was to develop conceptual system alternatives for improving the timeliness of airfield damage assessment. The systems engineering methods used included a morphological box and Pugh matrix for determining physical components and Constructive Systems Engineering Cost Model for cost analysis. Two separate improved airfield damage assessment system solutions were designed, evaluated, and compared regarding their cost and performance. Equipment and standard operating procedures selected were based on the design reference mission (DRM) and the limited time to complete the study. The first system used a remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) paired with a day camera. The second system used a set of fixed-tower emplacements, each with a day camera. Models were created and simulations were executed against the DRM to demonstrate the performance for each alternative. After reviewing the cost and simulation data, the RPA alternative showed superior performance. The modular design could be used with other airfield configurations. The RPA alternative cost more than the fixed-tower alternative. Further research is recommended in order to determine the cost and performance improvements that might result from different equipment configurations and improved camera technology.
Shebalin, Paul Sweeney, Joseph W., III
Systems Engineering and Engineering Systems
Naval Postgraduate School
Master of Science in Systems Engineering Master of Science in Engineering Systems
Systems Engineering (SE)
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